Chix Chat Pro Football


Posted by Sunday, December 20, 2009 0 comments

The snow has ended, the streets are passable and the Bears have made it to town. For Ravens Chix there is a lot of prepping to go before we hit the stands. Before I can focus on our boys on the field, I have to decide what to wear. Easy for the guys, they grab their ski coats, hunting gear or their old flannel jackets and head out. Not so easy for us Chix, who still want to be warm, wear “fan attire appropriate” without sacrificing fashion!

Last week’s weather was the ultimate nightmare. After having put on so many layers of purple gear, many fans ended up sitting in their seats wearing a trash bag. Thanks to the sharp eye of my husband, the day before the game he purchased the coolest gold and purple Ravens rain ponchos. With tons of layers on underneath, I still had my 12th woman mojo shining in the midst of the haze of rain.

During one of my frequent “warm up breaks” to the ladies room, I met up with two Ravens Chix donned in cutest clear plastic wrap ponchos. They had come in to warm their toes. They had baggies over their socks and were taking turns rubbing each other’s frozen tootsies. I so felt their pain, and like any seasoned Ravens Chix would do, I dug into my bag and handed over the extra sets of hand and toe warmers.

Pay it forward that’s what Ravens fans do.

Today’s game presents another dilemma. While the bitter cold and wind makes it harder to dress appropriately, it will boost our home field advantage. Even the quietist Ravens’ fans, in an attempt to keep warm, will be on their feet, jumping, pumping and rooting. To get ready for the cold I’ll have to add in another forty-five minutes to my prep time as I add layers of cold weather leggings, thermal socks and turtlenecks. Though I would never ever think that ski pants are acceptable bar attire, today I will be sporting my black fiber filled pants at Mother’s Purple Patio.

Wonder if they had they stadium workers clear out the patio?

I will finish out my cold weather attire with those nifty body, hand and toes warmers. These toasty little additions will save me from being frozen stiff by the end of the game. The genius who thought up those should get a Nobel Peace Prize!

So it’s off to start my layers!

It’s game time and it’s football weather!

It’s Christmas time and it’s the hunt for playoffs.

I’ve got my Ravens Santa hat on and I am hoping my Ravens will give us an early Christmas present!

Bring on da Bears!

Rave On!

Kosmo Krys

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Ravens Pride: Pay it Forward

Posted by Tuesday, December 1, 2009 0 comments

Ola Chicas!

Whew! We pulled that win off! Ah yes a win, a win against Pitt! Sunday night's game was another typical nail biting Ravens game. Sacks, turnovers, missed tackles, penalties and yes even missed field goals, all typical of this year’s Play like a Raven style.

Not so typical was the wonderfully mild weather we were blessed with! Night games are always tricky in this blue-collar town and it was great to see M&T filled with a sea of purple. A true bonus was the beautiful summer-like afternoon that had many tailgate parties cranked up extra early! It was truly a great end to a long holiday weekend!

The down side to this long awaited match up was the several thousand annoying terrible towel waving Steelers fans that dispersed their venom throughout our glorious arena! I am amazed at the obnoxious "swagger" these fans strut. How is that they think they can come to our city, our stadium and act as if they are in their stinky hometown? I find their smirking smiles, their in your face towel waving and their grunts and jeers totally arrogant and rude.

What really annoys me are our very Raven loving PSL owners who willing sell these prized game tickets to the likes of Pitt’s smarmy fans! I could not believe my eyes Sunday night when I saw those ugly yellow towels swinging from every section of OUR HOUSE! I would never ever allow a Steeler fan to have my seat! Yes, I know we are in a recession and money is tight, but selling tickets to a Steelers fan hits below the belt. These are tough times for our Ravens and us fans. We can’t afford to allow our 12th man advantage to be compromised by terrible towel touting rivals.

We must protect our house!

My fellow seat holders, next time you cannot make a home game against the Steelers, think about another Ravens fan. Be a Good Samaritan and follow the golden rule, "Do unto another Ravens fan as you would want a Ravens fan to do unto you."

Pass your ticket onto a fan less fortunate than you. Offer your ticket to a Ravens enthusiast who can’t afford to own a seat or has never been to a game. Choose a devoted fan that shows Ravens pride year round, a fan that can stand toe to toe with a terrible towel, a fan that will display purple pride and cheer throughout the game, a fan that will make you proud.

Do your part as a Ravens 12th man, pay it forward and pass it on to Ravens fans only!

Let’s bring home a win from Green Bay!

Rave On,

Kosmo Krys

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As a child I wasn’t a big fan of Thanksgiving. I couldn’t get excited about waiting all day to overeat. I was a skinny little thing and eating Thanksgiving dinner was more of a chore than a joy. The holiday was for adults, they would sit around for hours chatting and eating. My siblings and I would get bored and would beg to leave the table. The best part of the holiday was the break from school.

Now, I have a totally different view. I look forward to the chance to spend the day with my family and the tradition of overeating. In my crazy, busy life, Thanksgiving gives me a chance to reflect on how fortunate I am. I am so blessed to live in the US, even with all of our political issues at home and abroad, we live in the land of freedom and opportunity!

I count the blessings that I have been given, a wonderful life complete with good health, friends, and most of all a beautiful family. Life is a journey, one that you don’t go alone. I am grateful for all of those that are part of my journey. My road is filled with love laughter and happiness because of them and because of you.

This year, I am most grateful for the thousands of men and women who have chosen to make it their personal mission to defend our freedom and our country. They get up every day willing to give their life for our safety and for what they believe. It is the greatest gift that anyone could ever give to others. There are no words or actions that could express how much I appreciate their dedication and commitment to our country.

My Thanksgiving wish is for their swift and safe return home to their families.

Happy Thanksgiving to our troops and their loved ones!

Rave On,

Kosmo Krys

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Ola Chicas,

Okay if you’re a guy and you’ve been secretly reading my blogs, this is where you’ll want to exit. If you didn’t like my thoughts on nails, you are really gonna hate this one.

This past Sunday, I chilled all day watching football on my 52” high def TV. I love, love, love football on this TV! Not only is the big screen’s picture crisp and clear, the color is amazing and the details are tremendous! The physical attributes of the players come across crystal clear!

The pumped tattooed biceps look marvelous. The image of the players lined up on the scrimmage line is well defined! And I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the camera man's up close perspective of the tackles. Yes ladies, football viewed on the big screen is a wonderful thing! If your man hasn't convinced you that you need a high def big screen, let me! Just watch any football game, you won't be disappointed no matter who wins.

When I am at the game, I enjoy watching the replays and sideline shots that are shown on the Jumbotron! There too, I find the definition and clarity of each player’s talents impressive. On the stadium big screen, the players are seen in enormous intensity. I am very fortunate to have a front row, end zone seat. From my vantage point, I have yet another up close and personal view of our awesome Ravens. I head to my seat early, when the players are warming up, because the Ravens run their practice lines right in front of me! I have a great end zone point of view! My biggest dilemma as a Ravens fan, is to keep Poe from blocking my view!

I can’t decide which pants the players look best in, white or black? The white gives better definition, but the black pants really make them look slim and sleek. They both look excellent to me! Oh yes I watch the game, I watch all of the game! You see I am a Ravens Chix, I appreciate all aspects of the game! LOL !

What about you? Do you like the big screen when watching football? Do you like the pregame show on the field? Send me your thoughts! Let me hear you rant, root and rave!

Rave On!
Kosmo Krys

Sorry guys, we told you this was the ladies room!

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Torn between two rivals

Posted by Monday, November 16, 2009 0 comments

Ola Chicas!

It was great to meet some Ravens Chix at Padonia Station. Thanks to Dr. Jeff Horowitz and his staff for their hospitality! Thanks to everyone that came out to help us support the non-profit Dress for Success organization! Watch the site for future events!

Wow! I didn't know quite what to do with myself on Sunday, no Ravens football! It was such a beautiful fall day that it was very hard to convince myself to sit inside and watch the battle between our division rivals.

As the game began I was feeling torn between who I'd rather have win. I wished that the NFL had a new rule – if two teams never score even in overtime, they don't have sudden death they just give each a loss!

Sounds great eh?

And so I had to pick…

How hard was it to want Steelers to come out on top? UGH!

And what's up with them losing when we finally needed them to win? Though, if we forget the divisional stats, it was glorious to see them go down!

Gotta give props to the "Bungals." The cats are looking good!

Beautiful sunshine and a Steelers loss! They both made my Sunday without Ravens football just awesome!

I've got my Purple Monday work clothes ready and I am looking forward to a nice victory over Da Browns!

Keep the 12th man Mojo going!

Rave On Chicas!

Kosmo Krys

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Ladies we want to see your favorite Ravens purple nail color! We all have done it, paint our fingers and toe nails to match our fan attire. Some believe it to bring good luck and keep it going all season long!

Most of us go for the solid shades of purple or black. Others go all out with a more distinct and creative look. I have seen outrageous french tips, sparkling stones, and some wild stripes. Do you know a nail artist who can do a Raven head, or a football?

Send us pictures of your Ravens manicure. Feel free to share with us who and where you go for your personal styling.

Rave on,

Kosmo Krys

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Ravens still control their own destiny

Posted by Wednesday, November 11, 2009 0 comments

Which Ravens team will show up on Monday Night when the Ravens take on the Browns? That has to be what most Ravens fans are asking themselves these days.

After an extremely impressive showing against the then undefeated Broncos, most fans believed that the team’s bye week gave them the down time to regroup and reinvigorate a defense that has unexpectedly played far below the traditional standards of the purple and black.

So they packed up their bags and took the short flight to Cincinnati and when they did, we all thought they’d return home the victors sporting a 5-3 record. Instead they staked a claim in mediocrity and a 4-4 record.

Who would have thought that after a 3-0 start?

Clearly the team isn’t where they want to be or where they thought they’d be but despite it all, they still control their own destiny. That said it will be a much steeper climb for Harbaugh and the boys and now they almost have to win one of their three games against the Colts and Steelers (2).

Nobody said it would be easy.

But until that time, there is a small task at hand – the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns are an organizational mess at the moment and they sport a dismal 1-7 record. Clearly they are ripe for the taking yet on Monday Night, almost anything is possible for the home team. The Ravens have their backs to the wall and a loss will likely put an end to their season and it wouldn’t be too hard to envision a downward spiral like the one they experienced in 2007.

No worries – it won’t happen!

The Ravens are 10 ½ point favorites and no this isn’t a stiff cosmo talking (and remember you heard it here first) – count on the Ravens taking it to the Browns and newly appointed starting QB Brady Quinn early and often. They will return from the Mistake by the Lake with a convincing 27-10 victory.

Bring on Manning & the Colts.

Any chance Peyton might wake up late on the 22nd?

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Ravens Chix is happy to support one of our highly valued sponsors Dr. Jeffrey Horowitz. Dr. J. (as he is known to patients and friends) will be the host for the inaugural Ravens Chix Chat (“RCC”) event which will be held at Padonia Station THIS FRIDAY November 13 from 5PM-7PM.

The event will feature our very special guest speaker Sandy McCrary, mother of Ravens’ Ring of Honor member Michael McCrary. Sandy will address the challenges of facing adversity. Perhaps John Harbaugh may want to attend ;-)

Dr. J. and Padonia Station will provide a free buffet and a complimentary cocktail. Also Dr. J. will be giving away Latisse, an FDA approved prescription treatment that enables you to grow your own lashes longer, darker and thicker. Hey if it's good for Brooke Shields, well...

Attendees are asked to donate an item of nearly new business attire. What does that mean? Well let’s let Vanessa Williams answer that in this interesting 2 minute video.

Dr. J will offer some suggestions on the values and benefits of his increasingly popular practice and Ravens Chix will give away Ravens-themed tee shirts to the first 10 ladies introducing themselves to Dr. J. You only need to say, “Ravens Chix.”

A painting of Ed Reed (by local artist Kevin Charles) will be raffled off and there is likely to be some other surprises too during a happy hour that could leave Dr. J.’s guests happy (and perhaps their husbands too) for many years to come ;-)

Here’s the 411 on Padonia Station:

Padonia Station
63 E. Padonia Road
Timonium, MD 21093

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It’s always interesting to see the city come to life after a Ravens’ win and it’s even more festive when the boys in purple play 1 o’clock games. Clearly the Federal Hill pubs prosper from a winning effort but then again, so do most watering holes throughout Charm City.

But count me among those who dig the 1 o’clock start.

If we win, there’s more time to celebrate without being out too late. Sunday Fundays are just that but we have to remind ourselves that it is a school night – ok well maybe some of the time we remind ourselves.

If we lose (and by the way I don’t expect much more of that at home anymore…got that Mr. Mattison), well there’s plenty of time to lick the wounds, have a pick-me-up dinner at home with the family and if we’re lucky the scoreboard will deliver a Steelers loss to us as a consolation prize.

But back to those post game celebrations…they absolutely provide a boost to the local economy in a very big way and it makes me wonder why anyone ever doubted that inviting the NFL back to Baltimore with a big, brand new shiny stadium was ever questioned. The only thing I question is why they didn’t build a retractable dome.

Look I get the old school outdoor feel and personally, I like the elements. But let’s face it, a dome would open up a whole host of possibilities for our city. The Super Bowl, Final Four, major concerts and maybe college bowl games might open up. And besides, they could leave the roof open for most games, right?

It sucks to have to drive to that 90,000 seat Spot-a-Pot called FedEx Field to see Paul McCartney. I know of Redskins fans that have visited Ravens games with their smarter relatives and they claim that they can get from DC to M&T and back home again in less time than it takes to leave FedEx. Aren’t you tired of the big concert acts skipping Baltimore to play in the candy bar capital of Hershey, PA? It’s embarrassing!

Oh and by the way, thank you Mr. Bruce Springsteen for not passing us by and taking one for the team for playing on November 20 at that eye soar of an arena on Howard Street.

Here’s to The Boss and here’s to bossing the Bengals around on Sunday.

Hey, where’s everyone watching the game?

P.S. Don't forget about our complimentary happy hour with Dr. J. at Padonia Station on Friday November 13.

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Ravens Chix is happy to support one of our highly valued sponsors Dr. Jeffrey Horowitz. Dr. J. (as he is known to patients and friends) will be the host for the inaugural Ravens Chix Chat (“RCC”) event which will be held at Padonia Station on November 13 from 5PM-7PM.

The event will feature our very special guest speaker Sandy McCrary, mother of Ravens’ Ring of Honor member Michael McCrary. Dr. J. and Padonia Station will provide a free buffet and a complimentary cocktail. Perhaps the first cocktail could be one of our own RCC concoctions. More on that at a later date…

Attendees are asked to donate an item of nearly new business attire. What does that mean? Well let’s let Vanessa Williams answer that in this interesting
2 minute video.

Dr. J will offer some suggestions on the values and benefits of his increasingly popular practice and he plans to do a raffle for a free Botox treatment. Expect some other surprises too during a happy hour that could leave Dr. J.’s guests happy for many years to come ;-)

Here’s the 411 on
Padonia Station:
Padonia Station
63 E. Padonia Road
Timonium, MD 21093

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Living on the edge in Ravenstown

Posted by Wednesday, October 14, 2009 2 comments

This past Sunday at M&T Stadium things did not go as we had planned. The Ravens played hard, but we let a few too many opportunities slip by us. Our collection of penalties didn’t help our cause either. It’s okay though, let the Bengals bask in their temporary glory. The Ravens are by no means down and out.

This Sunday our game fate has been determined, we must come out victorious against Farve and his purple Nordics. Can we do it? No question, of course we can! On Sunday, fans might once again be on the edge of their seat through the entire game, but that is how we have been sitting for years. If you are from Ravenstown, you have come to expect the Ravens to play on the edge.

Before the game, spirits were high on Lot O. I visited parties inquiring about their tailgate menus. I was hoping to find a low calorie, low carbohydrate female friendly table. Not much luck, it was interesting that most parties stuck with the typical beef, sausage and dogs. Most of the Ravens Chix were on board with the “manly meals”.

Many of the parties had plenty of pasta and potato salad as sides. It seems that when it comes to tailgates, the ladies take the lead from their football loving men, and fill up high carbs, lots of fat and plenty of beef! Of course, most of the parties were sporting a male Raven fan behind the grill. Is there a message? Leave the grilling to the guys. Enough said!

I did find one tailgate party that hosted her tailgate party like a true Ravens Diva. She (yes, her man was doing the grilling) made sure that her "man inspired menu" was presented in true Raven Chix fashion. She not only had coordinated her tableware and tailgate set up with shades of purple, she added a lovely touch that only we females would think of – a vase of purple flowers!

Girlfriend, you rocked that tailgate party!

I met tons of lovely women who were more than happy to share their smiles and their parties with me! Thanks to each of you. Be sure to go to Birdwatcher
to see your photos.

Chix, I would love to have you share your favorite tailgate dishes. Send them along to .

Rave On in Pink!

Kosmo Krys

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It's officially Fall and it's time for some SERIOUS RAVENS TAILGATING!!!

I want to give props to our team. Ravens rocked the pink accents last week. Joe was adorable in his pick cleats! I just went online to order the pink brimmed Ravens hat! All for an excellent cause! Get yours here!

All week long the talks shows, the columnists, the bloggers, the fans around the water coolers have been dissecting last weeks game. Enough! Last week's game and the questionable calls, the-should-have-caught passes and turnovers are OVER! Let’s move on! It is time to get serious on the field! This is a BIG Division game, we have to and we will put down the Bengals!

Also gone is the warm weather! Which means it is time to do fire up some serious tailgate food. Most "guy run" lot parties will throw dogs, sausages or burgers on a hot grill. The smell is intoxicating but the menu is far from waistline friendly! There are many other great options which will keep you warm and fill you up while keeping you from packing on the pounds.

Grilled chicken breast, shrimp on the barbie and a bowl of high protein back bean soup are just a few of my favorites. On the lot, I like to eat light and save my carb and cal intake for the official tailgate libation, BEER! Oh, yes its light beer of course!

Lets see if we get the cold season off to a great start with a "healthy chic friendly" tailgate menu ideas from the fans. Ravens Chix I need to give me a shout with your favorite low cal, low carb, low fat tailgate munchies.

Don't be shy this is your blog GF’s and we need to hear you Root, Rant & Rave!

Rave On In Pink!

Kosmo Krys

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It seems the NFL is going soft! This Sunday NFL teams throughout the league will be wearing pink! The NFL is allowing players to recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness month. I hear that players will sport pink wristbands, cleats, gloves, or shoelaces. I think that this is a wonderful gesture and I give the league props for allowing players to express support for such a devastating disease!

The addition of the color pink will definitely work to our game day advantage! The Ravens purple and white uniforms will compliment the breast awareness color nicely, where as the Patriots uniforms with a splash of pink will definitely be a fashion eyesore! So cool to have these tremendously athletic males take a risk and wear pink! Come to think of it, I don’t own any pink fan gear! I guess I am going shopping!

Rave On In Pink!

Kosmos Krys

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Tales from the tailgate

Posted by Thursday, October 1, 2009 5 comments

You just never know who to believe. I have faith in humankind and assume that most people are honest and good. On Sunday as we were leaving the game, feeling jubilant over our easy win against da Browns, we came upon a Ravens fan that appeared to have been celebrating quite a bit. He was swaying side to side down the street with a cigarette in one hand and crooked smile on his face. What really caught our attention was his miss-matched attire; baggy Ravens camo pants and a undersized Browns jersey! We couldn’t help but comment to him that his outfit was a bit confusing to us.

“Hey bud,” I said, “Not sure which team you wanted to root for? Well, it looks like your pants won!” He tilted his head, took a long deep puff on his cig and claimed “Nah man, I was just helping a little kid out! I traded him my Flacco jersey for this lousy Browns top!”

We stopped to hear the entire tale.

It seems there was a little boy, wearing a worn out Browns jersey, who was leaving the stadium with his parents, who were in full Ravens gear. The little guy’s head was down and he was quiet next to his exuberant family. Our cigarette smoking fan noticed the sad little Brown’s fan and decided to stop an offer him condolences on the tough game. The boy looked so depressed and despondent over the teams defeat that the Ravens fan felt sorry for him and offered him a jersey swap. He asked the boy if he wanted to trade his old Browns frock for the new white Flacco jersey that he was wearing. He promised that if the boy would swap, he would put on the Browns jersey and wear it proudly the rest of the night.

He gave the boy just 30 seconds to decide. After a few heavy sighs and some hurried coaxing by his parents the little Browns fan gave up his defeated teams crumpled brown and orange shirt for the purple victorious #5 jersey. The little guy’s face brightened as he donned his new winning attire and he gave the Ravens fan a high five.

The Ravens fan, wearing the old Browns jersey, smiled a big toothy grin at us, took another long puff of his cigarette and said, “I was just trying to cheer a kid up. Can you believe he actually took me up and took my jersey! So now I’m stuck with this one “, he mumbled, “Do you think I’ll be safe walking into the bars?”

Is there any truth in the fan guy’s story? We’ll never know, but I walked away believing in humankind’s desire to be compassionate and to show love for one another. Baltimore fans are awesome! If a Ravens fan can feel compassion for a Browns fan, then what else could man be capable of?

Perhaps a group of purple painted Ravens fans sending a heartfelt wish of “better luck next time” to a bunch of yellow towel waving Steelers fans?

Ah, I don’t think so, there just isn’t that much compassion and love anywhere in this universe!

Rave On!

Kosmo Krys

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Catching Ravens Chix on Birdwatcher!

Posted by Tuesday, September 29, 2009 1 comments

Wow! What a wonderful fall this is turning out to be! I have always loved going to the game and being the 12th man, er ... woman. On game day I don my fan gear and head out early to the tailgate lots. No matter what the weather, no matter who we are playing, I am decked out in purple and ready to rant, root and rave! Every year I lose my voice early in the season and I croak like a frog until mid January! This year, I am hoping to keep my husky vocals all the way through, do I dare say it, post –season February!

Heading to the lots this year is even more exciting than usual. Now that I have taken to blogging for Ravens Chix Chat and have an alias name of Kosmo Krys, I have yet another reason to meander through M&T. In an effort to build a following for Ravens Chix Chat I have the pleasure of roaming the parties and checking out the sites. You can find me and the Ravens24x7 crew cruising about, meeting the awesome Baltimore fans, exchanging game analysis, checking out fan attire and enjoying the simple pleasures of game day.

No matter where I ramble, everyone that I meet is fantastic. The energy that the Ravens’ fans put out is enormous and genuine. This week we pre-gamed at Mother’s. The visual of the entire patio draped in purple was amazing. I jumped right in the royal colored sea asking groups of beautiful women if I could take their picture. The ladies are wonderful! I am greeted with smiles, nods, and important diva comments like “how does my hair look?” or “wait let me put on some gloss”! Chicas you can trust me! There will be no bad hair, fuzzy pics or lousy shots allowed on this site! If I take your pic I’ll review it with you and get your okay!

Some Chix asked me to get in the photos, which I appreciate, I am not camera shy. However, I don’t like to get in the photo because that usually means we got to get some bonehead guy to take the picture. And Chix, we know how much most guys like taking photos. They’ll say something like, “UH, yeah, sure I’ll take the pic,” and then snap the shutter before we are set. They’ll quickly hand back the camera without checking review, “Here, done, yeah you looked great!” Nope I leave the picture taking to the ladies, unless you have a “metro” guy friend.

I took tons of pics and met lots of really cool Chix. Many who I talked to are already on board with RCC. So I thank you all for greeting me with open arms, letting me hang out with you and share in your game day fun! Ravens Chix are the best and we are going to keep our Ravens rocking through the season.

Check out our fan pics here at Birdwatcher.

Rave On Chix!

Kosmo Krys

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Sunday funday was a spectacular day! For an early season game it was an awesome win! Winning was all the sweeter when the talking heads pegged us as underdogs. Plus the win was really sweetened by a Steelers loss!

Joe and our O line not only had a great day passing, but they really made things happen in the red zone. Though the defense had some trouble keeping Rivers from passing effectively, our boys made the plays that needed to be made to keep the Chargers out of the end zone!

What can we say about our ultimate Ravens player #52? Ray continues to show his leadership, amazing talents and field domination!

Had it been a home game, the 12th man’s energy would have blown the roof off the stadium! Whether you were watching with fans at your local watering hole, with your buds at a house party or chilling solo on your sofa, this was the kind of game that inspired white knuckled grips, anxious pacing and knotted stomachs until the bitter end. Hey, that’s how Ravens do it! It’s how we play and that is what the fans have come to expect. Isn’t that what we mean when we say “Play like a RAVEN?” Our Ravens play hard, play fierce and play to win. We wouldn’t have it any other way!

This Sunday’s v. Cleveland appears to be an easy victory yet the team needs to show the same type of offensive momentum and hard fought determination as last week’s game. It is after all a divisional battle and winning will count toward our post-season ranking and eligibility. Da Browns, no matter how bad everyone says they are, are hungry for a win. It’s very early in the season and the tides can change for any team. The Ravens and their 12th man need to come to M&T and Play like a RAVEN!

Rave On!

Kosmo Krys

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SUNDAY FUNDAY: Football Ravens Style!

Posted by Tuesday, September 15, 2009 1 comments

After 2 days of gray clouds, down pours and cool temperatures it seemed like the skies over Ravenstown would never be blue again. But then on Opening Day 2009, the passionate fans of purple were greeted with abundant sunshine, warm air and and clear skies paving the way to an awesome day in the tailgate lots.

Good thing too because I was going crazy thinking that I’d have to dress in long pants, long sleeve tee, sweatshirts and then top it all off with a steamy poncho! Early season games are not made for such cumbersome attire! For Ravens Chix early season games are for shorts, cute little tees, sandals and accessories that show off the tan you've worked on all summer long!

Needless to say the first official tailgate party at M&T Bank Stadium 2009 opened with a huge success. As my RCC crew filed into Mothers Purple Patio we were greeted with rocking music, a sea of purple passion and cups of orange crush libations. This is a sight to bring a smile to any fan! I'd like to extend thanks to all the wonderful fans that let Birdwatcher capture your purple party swagger!

As we moved onto the" beloved tailgate lots" we met up with the SWAT Team and got a taste of tailgating Lot H style. Tons of delicious shrimp, meatballs and other goodies dazzled our palates! Wow! An added benefit to the SWAT teams tailgate was live music – the awesome acoustical sounds of Ed Lauer!

Food, libations, music and good friends were everywhere you looked. The lots are so much fun, the energy was so high, it seemed a shame to have to leave. Sometimes you need to be reminded that the tailgate party is the opening act for the main event.

As we headed to the gates, always stopping to rub the foot of Johnny, we shouted cheers, we raved over other fan gear and frolicked in a sea of purple. The stadium rocked from the moment you step inside the brick fa├žade. The players were pumped and the fans where off the hook!

Needless to say the good guys sporting white on this warm Sunday served up a memorable game to enjoy! Would we expect anything less from Ravens football? Is that what they mean when the say "play like a Raven?"

I wonder how the coaches keep their cool. Most times they do. You can watch as they pace, they whisper into clipboards, they spit, they rub their faces, straighten there cap a thousand times, they chew gum at record speeds and when they have lost their last nerve, then they finally give in and just rant!

As I soaked in the glorious sun fun filled day, sticking to my purple seat, I mourned the end of summer, longed for the breezy ocean air and the cool sand between my toes. But ah yes, a wonderful opening day event... sun, friends, music, food, drink and winning... the perfect combination!

If summer has to end, Ravens football is more than an acceptable compromise.

In fact it’s the perfect anecdote and this week’s game delivered.

What a Sunday Funday!

Rave On!

Kosmo Krys

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Now that the regular season has arrived teams, players, owners, media and fans are busy focusing on the game preparations which include player readiness, stats, game day strategies and last minute free agent acquisitions. I leave those details to the sports professionals and instead focus on what I know best “fan preparation.” My thoughts are on where will I tailgate, what will I eat and drink and which fan gear should I wear?

First and most importantly I focus on my tailgate location.

Not having an M&T stadium parking lot pass I resort to brown bagging it and cruising the lots visiting friends with parking privileges. I pack a small bit of munchies and drink into my small purple cooler and roam from tailgate to tailgate, greeting old friends and making new ones along the way. Not only do I get to enjoy the sights and sounds of several parties I am always offered samplings of wonderful tailgate menus and must try drinks.

Don’t get me wrong I am not out to freeload off the generosity Ravens fans, I come prepared and offer up my small array of goodies and drink and always offer to make a monetary contribution to the next tailgate party. The parking lot parties are insanely fun! And while cruising the lots and checking out the sights, feeling the pregame energy just increases the anticipation of the game kickoff.

Not all the tailgate activities happen on the lot. Local watering holes are just the place when the weather is foul and you want a hot meal and warm drink. Ravens fans and very often the opponent’s fans are buzzing the bars for pregame analysis, a little bit of friendly smack talk and good grub. Having accommodating facilities is an added benefit for us female fans.

Never discount an invite to an offsite tailgate party. These fans try extra hard to make up for their not so prime locations! There is usually plenty of room to toss balls and play lot games. As with the stadium lots these tailgaters know what to bring and how to roll it out. Though they wrap up their parties a little earlier than the lot, due to the walking distance, these small lots are filled with die-hard fans who form bands of friendship because they park next to each other every home game day!

The art to tailgating is amazing! I am truly impressed by the all male tailgate parties! Their parties are so pulled together. On the lots they are organized, efficient, clean and neat, qualities that I suspect are not utilized in their kitchens at home (I am just sayin’). These are men who at home have no culinary skills, live in man caves (yes even some that are married) and think that the tee sleeve is a napkin. However on the lot they cover tables with cloths, have their condiments in labeled Tupperware, use hand towels, and dish out food and drink on coordinated Ravens colored utensils and paper goods. These tailgate macho men set up party spreads that would make Martha Stewart proud.

Does the term metrosexual mean anything here?

As this season approaches I once again wonder if I’d be better off with a season parking pass. Maybe it would serve me well when I am too old to walk the distance but right now my purple cooler and I are just fine cruising the lots - Ravens style!
Yeah, bring it on!

Peace Out,

Kosmo Krys

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Football and all that surrounds it, unless you are a cheerleader, it is all about being a guy. On the field and off there is the display of muscles, smash mouth talk, and body slams. Sundays at M&T Bank Stadium are cloaked in a blanket of testosterone from the tailgating right up to the game’s final whistle. There is very little space for those of us of the feminine gender to spread our estrogen wings and enjoy football from a female perspective.

As females, we love football and all that it offers for very different reasons than our male counterparts. Men love football because of the battle in the game, they live to dominate, crush opponents and fight for survival of the fittest. The game itself fulfills man’s basic instinct of survival. Many female fans understand and enjoy this male perspective of football. These ladies can debate, discuss and analyze game play and player performance with any man. For other women, though we do get caught up in the battle, it’s the bonding and belonging that attracts us to the game.

I do enjoy the competiveness of the sport. I appreciate the “physical play” of the game, the game plan and the analysis of plays and players. Even more than the game itself, I really enjoy being a “fan” and all that goes with “fandom”. I love the community of energy that builds during the pre game, the tension and excitement that flows from the fans during the game, and the emotional unity felt by fans and players alike at the end of the game, win or lose.

Women seek acceptance and friendship. Being a football fan offers women the emotional charge that we enjoy from that sense of belonging to a community and our desire to share. We really love the social aspect of the game, the pre game parties, the friendships made on the stadium lots, the mid week pep rallies, the tailgate and game day party planning, the sharing of fan tips, yes even football knowledge, and most importantly that common thread that brings all fans together, the Baltimore Ravens are my football team!

Whether you agree or disagree with my personal perspective welcome to Ravens Chix Chat! This football blog is all about being female and belonging to a community of female Ravens fans. No matter what your football IQ, I invite you, I encourage you, to share your thoughts and interest about football, fans and anything else that you, a Ravens Chick, would like to share. This page has plenty of room for lots of fun, insightful, and useful information for all Ravens Chix. Don’t be shy, cause here in the “Ladies Room” you can Root, Rant and Rave!

I just did!

Stay Cool,

Kosmo Krys, Ravens Diva

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Posted by Wednesday, August 26, 2009 0 comments

Raven Chix Chat #1 What is Ravens Chix Chat about?

· Why the blog?
· Girls wanna have fun
· Female perspective on football
· Share info on topics of interest to women
· Site only for women

Girls just wanna have fun! Or should I say Ravens Chix wanna have fun! This blog was created with just that in mind. If you are like me and my girl friends, you “Bleed Purple”, are passionate about being female, cherish family & friends, and have a desire to live life to the fullest! If this sounds like you then this blog will fit you like a great Ravens’ tank top!

You can rest assure that Ravens Chix Chat will cover the game from a female perspective! Fans can chat about the game and the players, but we will also spend time talking about all things off the field. Where are the best tailgate parties and where are fans gathering around town during or in between games?

Ladies, this is where you can share your winning game day menus, favorite libations and party ideas. And let’s not forget pictures! We will want to see Ravens Chix from YOUR camera lens! Then of course there is fan gear and who knows better how to show fan pride than us ladies! You will find one of a kind Ravens Chix Chat gear and we will hook you up with other must have tees, handbags, and accessories.

This blog is not just limited to the game and the party. We also want to engage the community to promote worthy causes – perhaps you can help us!

Finally, Ravens Chix Chat is a blog for women only- No Men Allowed! Here women of all levels of football knowledge and football interest can come and share information, make comments, ask questions or just check in and learn from other women!

Welcome to your Ravens Chix Chat!

So come on, the season is nearly upon us. Let us hear you Root, Rant and Rave!
Oh and yes SHOP!

Be Cool…..

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